Modern Family is exceedingly funny most of the times, but sometimes an episode can fall short. What we can always except is a heartwarming story that will make you feel good in the end. For a Christmas episode, I thought it would be much better with all three families interacting. It is one of the holidays perfectly suited for the show, so it was disappointing to see them all separated.
Cam and Mitchell are at the mall and get a Santa fired, later learning how downtrodden he is, and inviting him to eat with them. They feel really bad and keep trying to help him, and eventually the Santa reveals that he already knows. The story itself wasn't bad, but the jokes didn't have as much bite as they usually do.
The Dunphys get into a huge mess after finding a burn mark from a cigarette. Phil actually cancels Christmas, so the kids conspire to get it back. I thought it wasn't funny at all until the very end when Phil promises to bring everyone to Italy.
Phil and Manny fight over cultural identity and cap it with Phil banning everything Columbian before yelling "innocente!" which is prank Columbian's pull.
There were no moments that got me laughing really hard and the stories weren't that impressive. For a first year show, Modern Family is still far beyond most shows, so I will consider this episode an anomaly and move on.